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Crib Safety Tips

As a new parent, the safety of your baby is your primary concern. As your child will be spending a good chunk of his or her time sleeping, the safety of their crib is important. There are a few things you can do to make your childís bed a safer place.

  • Buy a New Crib if Possible
    Safety standards are constantly being improved, so itís always best to invest in a brand new crib. If you cannot afford to do so, buy the newest used crib possible and inspect it thoroughly. Make sure the paint isnít peeling, there are no splinters, and that the slats are no further apart than 2 3/8 inches.

  • Keep the Crib in Good Repair
    Inspect your crib regularly to be sure the hardware is secure and nothing is loose or damaged. Tighten screws when necessary. Regularly check the mattress supports as well to make sure itís in good repair.

  • Make Sure the Mattress Fits
    The mattress should be firm and fit tightly into the crib. The mattress for a full-size crib should be 27 ľ inches by 51 5/8 inches, and no more than 6 inches thick.

  • Buy Proper Bedding
    A bedding set for an infant should essentially contain a well-fitting crib sheet. Crib bumpers should be thin and firm, not puffy or padded. They should surround the entire crib and be secured in several places by ties or snaps. Cut off excess ties; they should be no longer than eight inches total.
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